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Notable deaths in 2019 - Sort by:
Notable deaths in 2019
Newsmakers and celebrities who have died this year.
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8 Jan. 2016
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who... more
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8 Jan. 2016
Pasadena, UNITED STATES
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes in U.S. history, died on June 17 at the age of 95. Vanderbilt became a fashion icon in the 1970s with an eponymous line of tight-fitting blue jeans that bore her signature and trademark swan logo. They were a must-have for any woman with aspirations to style. Vanderbilt was born into wealth on Feb. 20, 1924, in New York City. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the 19th century railroad and shipping magnate who amassed one of the greatest fortunes of the time. She was not yet 2 years old when her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, died and she spent many of the following years living in Europe with her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, on her trust fund, which was estimated at $2.5 million - the equivalent of at least $33 million today. Gloria's aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who founded the Whitney Museum of American Art, said Gloria's mother was misusing the trust fund on a free-wheeling lifestyle that included a female lover, and went to court. Whitney won custody of the child in an acrimonious, sensationalized case that eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Vanderbilt said being taken from her mother started her on a lifelong quest for love and approval. Sex, Vanderbilt said, was a subject she found endlessly fascinating. One of her memoirs told of her romances with Hollywood figures such as Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gene Kelly and Howard Hughes (she was a teenager at the time), as well as various married men.
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EGYPT-SINAI-ATTACK
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16 May. 2013
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, the first... more
USA/
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27 Apr. 2013
Dr. John, a six-time Grammy winner who in his incarnation... more
BASEBALL/
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8 Apr. 2008
Bill Buckner, the 1980 National League batting champion... more
AUSTRIA-NIKI/
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16 Mar. 2018
Three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda,... more
USA/
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14 Sep. 2008
Emmy-winning actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing,... more
FILM-STAR WARS/
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16 Dec. 2015
British-born actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca... more
LEISURE-NAACP-IMAGE-AWARDS
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25 Feb. 2006
John Singleton, who made his movie directorial debut... more
UKRAINE
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29 Aug. 2005
Centrist Republican Richard Lugar, a soft-spoken foreign... more
PERU-POLITICS/
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27 Mar. 2018
Peru's former president Alan Garcia shot himself in... more
YUGOSLAVIA MARKOVIC
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17 Apr. 2002
Mirjana Markovic, the widow of Serbian strongman Slobodan... more
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24 May. 2015
Agnes Varda, the Belgian-born grande dame of French... more
BOX/
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21 Jun. 2015
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and... more
PERRY
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16 Jul. 2005
Actor Luke Perry, who rose to superstardom on the teen-oriented... more
BRITAIN
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9 Jun. 2006
Keith Flint, the Prodigy lead singer who captured the... more
LAGERFELD
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7 Jul. 2004
Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director... more
PEOPLE-BEHRAKIS/
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2 Mar. 2019
Yannis Behrakis, one of Reuters' most decorated and... more
KENNEDY-HONORS
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6 Dec. 1998
Acclaimed conductor, composer and pianist Andre Previn,... more
DONEN
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23 Mar. 1998
Stanley Donen, the former dancer who directed some... more
SOCCER-SALA/CRASH
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22 Jan. 2019
Cardiff City's Argentina-born soccer player Emiliano... more
USA-ENTERTAINMENT/
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4 Jan. 2015
Carol Channing, who won over audiences with a giddy,... more
USA/
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16 Sep. 2009
Bob Einstein, an offbeat comedian and writer whose... more
FILMFESTIVAL-VENICE/
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10 Sep. 2015
Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who portrayed Adolf Hitler... more
SOC/
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27 Oct. 2015
Gordon Banks, the goalkeeper in England's 1966 World... more
REGULATION - SUMMIT /
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7 Feb. 2008
John Dingell, a gruff Michigan Democrat who entered... more
USA/
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11 Feb. 2012
Pegi Young (L) seen here with former husband and musician... more
BOGLE
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17 Jan. 2003
John Bogle, whose family's struggles during the Great... more
FINNEY
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25 Feb. 2001
British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a... more
USA
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15 Jun. 2005
Walter B. Jones, a veteran Republican U.S. congressman... more
USA/
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1 Oct. 2013
Former U.S. pairs skating champion John Coughlin died... more
BASEBALL/
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10 Oct. 2012
Hall of Famer and trailblazing baseball legend Frank... more
FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/
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17 May. 2017
French composer and pianist Michel Legrand died February... more
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